Packers approach may have "irked" Whisenhunt

Twice this year, the Packers have pounded the Cardinals.  And that isn’t sitting well in Arizona, according to Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic.

Bickley writes: “Twice, Whisenhunt has been irked by the audacity of the opposing coach.”

The first time was a preseason game the Packers led 38-10 by halftime.  There was a belief McCarthy overly gameplanned and continued to go deep when it was unnecessary.

The second case was last week, when Aaron Rodgers kept passing up 26-0 against reserves, probably in an effort to pass Brett Favre for second place on the Packers’ all-time single-season passing-yardage list.

We were pointed to Bickley’s article by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, and we had the same thought Greg A. Bedard did there. It’s unclear if Bickley is stretching Whisenhunt’s words or if he got an off-the-record chat.

“They had their plan,” Whisenhunt said. “I guess they felt good about what they were doing.”

Whiz’s annoyance wouldn’t be a shock.  The Cardinals have been lambasted twice by the Packers during inconsequential games.  It would be more surprising if they didn’t quietly use that for simmering motivation.

The coaching duel is another component for a game shaping up to be the most intriguing of a great weekend. 

Both teams look capable of making a run to the Super Bowl, which will make the result even more painful for one of them.

134 responses to “Packers approach may have "irked" Whisenhunt

  1. Well, Cardinals shouldn’t have let them score that score that much. What’d Whisenhunt expect, playing back ups against a great team with an opportunistic defense?

  2. Too freaking bad. You wanna lay down the last game of the season, and you’re ‘irked’ the other team didn’t lay down too?! McCarthy wanted to keep his team sharp heading into the playoffs, they didn’t have a lot of injury concerns, and he pulled his starters after three quarters. Packer fans at the game (about half the stadium) got their money’s worth. How about the Cardinal fans? If you need added motivation to win a home playoff game, there’s something wrong with your team to begin with.

  3. Way to stir the horents nest Mumbles McCarthy!
    This isn’t going to be the blowout you Packer fans think…..

  4. AZ, wins this one my a mile…..Packers are the same lame team they have been all year….Wait until the Cards destroy them…..I cant seem to think it will finally shut up the Fudge Packer fans that seem to think their team is even remotely on the same level as the MN Vikings…………….
    AZ, will actually try this time……..
    SKOL

  5. The WHIZ needs to shut it! I thought the goal of the game was to play hard for 60 mins. If he does not like getting his ass handed to him by the Pack then he needs to gameplan better, just IMO.

  6. Yeah, and Whisenhunt kept in Larry Fitz until the end so he could try and get 100 catches and 13 TDs on the year.
    As a Packer fan, I loved that McCarthy kept the petal to the metal, so to speak, in keeping his regulars in. I don’t buy resting your guys before a post season game, especially on a team as hot as the Packers are right now.
    Of course, my thoughts could be shot to h-e-double-hockey-sticks if the Cards trounce the Pack this weekend.

  7. So Whisencunt doesn’t gameplan now? He must have been irked that Pittsburgh ate up yardage on the drive that won the Super Bowl too. Santonio shouldn’t have caught the ball I guess

  8. Always a wise move to embarrass the opposing team the week before it really matters – the Raiders seemed to get off on the Giants calling them quitters eh? Same theory.

  9. If that is true, the Cards will go nowhere fast in the post season. What he is probably pissed about is he “rested” starters and they still got hurt. The Pack played and came out healthy. What, did he expect Green Bay to just mail it in like he did???

  10. I’d be thrilled that they elected to stray from a vanilla game plan. The more good plays they show, the better.

  11. McCarthy would have looked pretty stupid if Rodgers would have gotten hurt in the 2nd half of a meaningless game that the Cardinals may as well have forfeited. Lots of bogus offensive stats for Rodgers and Green Bay was about all they were accomplishing.
    It will be interesting to see how the Cardinals stack up when they actually care about the outcome.

  12. Both of these teams can be either great or disappointing week to week. Whoever wins, I hope it’s because they’re the better of two teams that are playing well, not because they’re the only one firing on all cylinders.

  13. You should note that the Packers were still playing for the 5th seed and that the Cardinals kept some of their best players in just as long. Larry Fitzgerald was in the game deep in the third quarter just to get a TD.

  14. Good job Packers! McCarthy is the idiot all of us thought. Favre envy kept Rodgers passing for the record even when up big. Congrats! You really pissed off Whiz and the troops and will pay for it Sunday. They been to the SB last season,know how to get it done. Unlike you,one and done. Don’t think motivation can’t carry a team, good luck with that!

  15. Why should it surprise the Cardinals? Mike McLardy is all about running up the stats for AR. This has become a pass first team since Favre left. You see how good Grant can be when given a chance, the problem is that he isn’t given many chances. Unfortunately, McLardy, TT and AR are not only playing the other team each week, but in their minds they are also playing Favre.

  16. # DC_Bengals_Fan says: January 6, 2010 11:36 AM
    I’d be thrilled that they elected to stray from a vanilla game plan. The more good plays they show, the better.
    ——————————————————-
    Right, because AZ couldn’t just look at the past 16 weeks of game tape to see what the Packers run. Moron

  17. If it was all about personal achievements, why was Rodgers pulled needing only 24 yards to break the Packers single season passing record?
    Get a grip clowns. Packers played a good, solid game. The Cardinals looked like they didn’t want to be there. That’s not how I want my team looking heading into the post season. MM was right on.

  18. I don’t blame AZ for being pissed. ..people hate the pukers for less reasons than that. No way either team could change their playoff position. . .pukers are into stats for their delusional fans. Without the help of the bears(*2), lions(*2), rams, Cleveland, Seattle, Tampa (oh I forgot Tampa was 0-7 when they BEAT the pukers) and san fran they would have been a 7-9 team. Their fans aren’t ready for the one-and-done. However it won’t matter they won’t ever sober up enough to remember the game anyway. The puker fans that “can read” it in the paper the next day will tell it to the majority that can’t read and the whining will begin.

  19. Wasn’t Whisenhunt the guy who was keeping his game-planning before the last regular season close to the vest? If you decide to put your B team on your home field and give your fans a preseason game, you have nothing to be “irked” about.

  20. It was 100% because of trying to get Rodgers more stats. McCarthy is extremely petty in that respect, and it was clear in Rodgers first year, the priority number #1 was to give AR stats as evidence they made the “right” decision.
    As for AZ, it’s a coincidence of timing, nothing personal, but I hope AZ uses this as motivation to blow them away.
    Other than Dallas, the Packers have shown an inability to beat top teams in the NFL. That being said, I don’t think there is a more dangerous team playing this weekend than GB. It’ll be interesting if they continue their trend of being “best of the mid-level teams”, or if they take their wins and their stats and surprise the Cards and Saints en route to a NFC showdown with Brett Favre.

  21. The packers played a vanilla game plan too. No blitzes, mostly just base and nickle D, few player packages on offense amnd just alot of simple passes and lead runs. They still pounded the Cards first, second, third team, IR/practice squad and whatever the hell else they trotted out on the field.
    If AZ fans want to blame that on scheme, so be it. The fact is that it didn’t matter which players they had on the field, they were getting dominated from the start of the game to the end and it wasn’t about scheme. It was purely a man on man ass whipping. The same thing it will be on Sunday.

  22. “I’d be thrilled that they elected to stray from a vanilla game plan. The more good plays they show, the better.”
    .
    By the time the playoffs show up, execution is what matters. You’re not going to catch anyone off guard because you go with what works. The Packers did absolutely nothing special this past week against the Cardinals. They pretty much just ran the plays they’ll run in every game, regardless of opponent.

  23. @Etronsman,
    Perfect example with Fitzgerald. Both coaches wanted/allowed their guy (Rodgers & Fitzgerald) to hit certain accomplishments for the year.
    Rodgers doesn’t hit those yardage marks without passing, so that’s what he’s going to do while he’s in the game.

  24. So, Whisenhunt is mad because the Packers played the game and the Cardinals didn’t feel like it. Haha, boohoo!

  25. If you don’t want the other team to score so many points, come up with a defense to stop them. The Packers are under no obligation to follow any “rule” regarding how this game was “supposed” to be played.

  26. It’s funny how if the Packers do it, it’s playing for 60 minutes, but if the Patriots win by 30 points they’re rolling it up and not respecting the game. Fact is, they’re pros, there is no such thing as rolling up the score.

  27. The Jets did the same thing with the Bengals (e.g., challenging spots late in the 4th up 30 and then doing back flips on the sideline when you get the call overturned). That type of thing isn’t forgotten and I think it comes back to bite both GB and NY this weekend.

  28. The game wasn’t completely meaningless to the Packers–had they lost, they would have been the 6 seed instead of the 5 seed. It will probably end up being irrelevant, but, based on how wide open the NFC race seems to be, any chance at a home game in the NFC Championship, no matter how slight, is important.

  29. Wasn’t Brett Favre still throwing and throwing down near the goal line up by 30 this weekend to pad his td stats?

  30. If this game was so meaningless and the Packers are a bunch of stat whores, why was Fitz in all game? Why was Boldin in later in the game than Rodgers? If it was so meaningless, why is he so pissed off 3 days later?
    This has got to be just embarassing for Cards fans. Play your starters for a quarter, get crushed, pull your starters and then complain about the other team “trying too hard.” And all the Packers showed to the Cards is that they are balanced, can throw all day and that their nickel and dime corners are no match for Jordy Nelson, let alone Driver, Jennings or Finley.

  31. If the Packers choose to roll over a team in a meaningless game, then that’s their choice. This is the NFL and there shouldn’t be any crying about if a team chooses to do what the Packers did.
    That being said, I hope the Cardinals stick it to the Packers. I don’t see it happening though. the Packers are the better team.

  32. Very valid point to mention is if Green Bay had lost that game they would have been the 6 which would give them no shot at hosting the title game. Hard to imagine Whisenhut would have been unaware of that fact.

  33. OK Vikings fans, let me get this straight.
    Rodgers scoring against a team that mailed it in is “padding his stats”, but Favre scoring against a team that mailed it in is Player of the Week.
    Thanks for clearing that up for me.
    As far as Wisenhunt, I was sort of irked by his comments in the preseason that the Packers shouldn’t have game planned for their game. I don’t want to pretend I understand the diplomacy and the way things are done between NFL coaches, but the comment just stuck with me all season as sour grapes. The point of the third preseason team is to finalize your starting lineups, take a look at all parts of the offensive and defensive scheme that have been installed, etc. It was not meant to be a scrimmage. I thought it was just really classless for him to complain about how another team planned a game (he certainly wouldn’t have said anything if they had won). If he is indeed pissed about getting blown out last week, he should be. But not because the Packers did anything unsportsman like. He should be pissed at himself for phoning it in, and also for his players for simple failure to execute.

  34. Pervy and the rest of the idiot Viking fans –
    You lost to non playoff teams Carolina and Bears…got destroyed by the Cardinals…and beat a Giants team that didn’t give a rats ass.
    Yeah…you’re well on your way. Keep telling yourself that.

  35. If the Vikings had McCarthy instead of Childress, we’d be undefeated. Our coach chilly is going to ruin everything. he should not show up next week and let Brett carry the clipboard.

  36. Damn I thought Packerfans were embarrassing, but you Viking fans are just as bad. If you don’t recognize GB as a great team, you’re an idiot. Pervy, that was a really stupid comment. I usually like how you lay it to the packer guys, but if you think McCarthy was wrong in going at them hard, you don’t know anything about football. I’m BF’s biggest fan, but I hope and know the Pack is gonna beat up on the cards. They’re the team to watch in the NFC right now. I’m stoked that my 2 fav. teams are the two hottest teams in the NFC going into the playoffs! G0 Pack, Go Vikes…..looking forward to the best NFC championship game in history.

  37. The Pack had their goal for last weekend and AZ had theirs.
    Plus I doubt MM kept AR in the game for personal stats. Had he done that he would have kept him in to pass Lynn Dickey as well, who wasn’t that far ahead.

  38. The Pack has too much for the Cards this weekend….Cowgirls will beat the Eagirls…Rodgers is better than Favre…If Rodgers had the defense when Favre won the Superbowl he’d be great too….I’m just saying (and I’m down in Nawlins)

  39. Arizona will be in the Super Bowl. You heard it here first. And, I’m an Eagles fan but I call them how I see them. Not sure that Whisenhut was “crying” more than just pointing out they didn’t get beat as much a laid down which was a fact.

  40. Packers played. Cards didnt. Cards fans have no excuse because in both games we’ve whipped yall, your starting offense sure didnt rack up those points in the beginning of the game when they were in. All garabge points. Plus yalls whoosy QB wears gloves. weeeeeeak.
    Bring it, your about to lose 3 to the Pack!

  41. babeparilli says:
    January 6, 2010 11:53 AM
    It’s funny how if the Packers do it, it’s playing for 60 minutes, but if the Patriots win by 30 points they’re rolling it up and not respecting the game. Fact is, they’re pros, there is no such thing as rolling up the score.
    ———————————————
    You’re turning this in to an everyone is against the Patriots rant? Good grief, did you not read the posts slamming the Packers?

  42. Please- give me a break! Packers played this game just like a 3rd preseason “dress rehearsal” game. Play your starters the whole first half and the first drive of the second and then roll in the reserves.
    “probably in an effort to pass Brett Favre for second place on the Packers’ all-time single-season passing-yardage list.”
    yeah, cause those “second place” records are so major!
    Didn’t Favre thow a 1-yard TD pass up 34-0 last week? Because I seem to remember the Pack having 4 TD runs of less than 10 yards up big against the hapless Seabirds. I guess they just wanted to pad the stats this week, huh?

  43. Funny thing that Ken doesn’t seem to realize is that these are grown men on each getting paid very large salaries. This is not pop-warner football with little kids where people get worked up about lopsided scores in meaningless games. If he needs this as a motivating factor to win a playoff football game he needs to find a new line of employment. Man up Ken

  44. nostreves says:
    I don’t blame AZ for being pissed. ..people hate the pukers for less reasons than that. No way either team could change their playoff position. . .
    —————————————
    You are not only an idiot, but you are uninformed. If the Packers would have lost, they would have been the 6th seed. Try facts, they work.
    Geez, when the Colts and all these other teams lie down, everyone goes ape-sh1t about it. “What about the integrity of the game?!?”
    Then, the Packers play hard to maintain momentum and earn the 5 seed, and some of you go ape-sh1t for the exact opposite reasons.
    Actually, most of the posers that are complaining are the fans of the soon-to-be L.A. “Our franchise has never won a thing in it’s existance” Vikings. At least they’ll have something in common with their new neighbors, the Clippers.

  45. I hate the Pats, but I said the same thing when Belicheck was putting 35+ points on teams: if you don’t like it, play some Defense. I don’t expect my favorite team (the Broncos, who, by the way, had 44 dropped on them by the lowly Lions in ’07) to receive mercy. This is football.

  46. jeffragnarchicken says:
    January 6, 2010 11:29 AM
    Way to stir the horents nest Mumbles McCarthy!
    This isn’t going to be the blowout you Packer fans think…..
    —————————
    I’ll take my chances with the horents. And who said it’ll be a blowout. When the opposing team pulls their QB after the first quarter, I think everyone knows they’re not giving it their all.

  47. No coach can expect any other coach to change their game plan based on “necessity”. You can drop a bomb on someone, but you can’t choose or even expect to influence how they respond to you.
    As an avid Packer fan, and a GIRL, I would love for the Vikings to get to the super bowl… because we all know they never win them.

  48. Viking and Favre fans are hilarious. How dare Aaron Rodgers be a good NFL quaterback?!? And how dare Aaron Rodgers be left in a game to ‘pad’ his stats and Favre can be kept in against a terrible Giants’ club?
    If Ken Whisenhunt is ‘irked’ by a team trying to roll into the playoffs then he is coaching in the wrong league. It’s just as simple as the Packers wanting to keep their momentum going into the playoffs and the Cardinals obviously did not. It’s just different philosophies by two good NFL coaches. It really is as simple as that.
    This is a complete media issue by Dan Bickley. He has to get some controversy going so Cardinals fans will actually show up and support their team.
    On a stupid Viking fan note, no, purplepuzzyeatrz, no. AZ will not ‘win this one my a mile.’

  49. ShimSham says:
    January 6, 2010 11:41 AM
    You should note that the Packers were still playing for the 5th seed…
    ——————————————-
    I may be wrong, but I am pretty sure the seeding was already decided for these two teams. The only game that had any impact was the Philly/Dallas game, and that was for their division, and the Philly potentially taking the #2 seed. Regardless of who played for how long, I would like to paraphrase a poster on a different thread (I wish I could give proper credit, but I can’t find the original post) who said “this game (Cards/pack wk 16) will be a good barometer of which is better, resting a team or playing full out.” If in fact that is what each team did.

  50. I love Vikings fans automatically railing against GB in a story like this. Pervy and Fan of Football – I don’t post on here very often but I could predict your posts just by seeing your name on the message board.
    And I also love Vikings fans using the Packers schedule as a way to point out how “bad” they are. Pretty sure we play the same divisional opponents, both just played the AFC North, both just played the NFC West, with GB even having to play Dallas over NYG (granted that Minny had to play Carolina while we played Tampa).
    Hope you’re all proud of the 44-7 trouncing, and blatant stat padding, from Week 17 over a Giants team that used to resemble a competitive NFL franchise.

  51. So if fitz runs wild on the “vaunted” packer D, would it be fair to say that the packer defense can’t shut down a vikings ball boy?
    Just saying.
    GO CARDS!
    Also, I think the vikes would be happy to play either of these teams. last i checked the vikes are undefeated against the packers in the playoffs.

  52. I mean say what you want about the preseason game (it
    was the 3rd one) and last weeks but I just don’t see anything that could
    have been held back to make up the difference I saw between these two teams.
    Doesn’t mean GB cant lose by laying a egg and turning the ball over but if
    AZ needs this to motivate them then they are recognizing they aren’t as good
    themselves. AZ has 15 weeks of coaches tape in meaningful games
    circulating out there and the green bay staff has looked at them all. What
    possibly could they be hiding? If Gb plays with the same intensity and
    Grant and Rodgers protect the ball they win this game like they won last
    weeks.

  53. “purplepuzzyeatrz says:
    January 6, 2010 11:31 AM
    “I cant seem to think it will finally shut up the Fudge Packer fans that seem to think their team is even remotely on the same level as the MN Vikings.”
    SKOL”
    ________________________________
    Actually if you’re thinking in those terms, the Vikings are not on the same level as the Packers being the Packers won 3 Lombardi’s and Vikings have none. Good one… keep it up…
    SKOL Packers!

  54. “And how dare Aaron Rodgers be left in a game to ‘pad’ his stats and Favre can be kept in against a terrible Giants’ club?”
    ______________________________
    Viking fans are to stupid to realize this, I mean I have read so many posts where Viking fans call out the Packers because of their “easy schedule”, again stupid, nearly the same schedules; but you see they are too stupid. This is the same silly heidi haired group that wins a couple and they are superbowl bound then when they lose they hide.

  55. “1mge says:
    January 6, 2010 12:36 PM
    How did the Viqueens do against the Card’s this year… I forgot?”
    ___________________________
    Bwahahahahahah, good one, yeah I forgot the heidis got roasted by them too. And the lowly Bears and stinkin Panthers! BWahahahahahaha……..

  56. Yeah he ahas nothing to be irked about. If your so angry about it…. STOP HIM.
    If the opposing coach wants to give his QB a chance at raising his own personal records then I back that decision. If the opposing coach is pissed about then he needs to create a gameplan to stop them.
    Just because your backups are in doesnt guarantee the opposing team will wipe the floor with them. The Chargers backups were coached well enough to handle a first string squad, clearly the Cards backups weren’t.

  57. ADAM
    looks like adam had a big glass of dumb ass this morning. Great team HAH! good team yes not great. good job showing off the playbook a week before playing them in a real important game. again adam you are an idiot.

  58. I agree the Packers look allot better then the Vikings no doubt.
    NFC:
    Dallas
    Packers
    Vikings
    Eagles
    Cardinals

  59. haha, I love how these always devolve into a Packer/Vikings conversation. And I love how they always have to bring up how the Vikes did against a team they beat, and that only one response is needed:
    0-2, Packers. 0-2.

  60. stetai says:
    it was clear in Rodgers first year, the priority number #1 was to give AR stats as evidence they made the “right” decision.
    ————————————————
    yeah ……. his “first” year would have been LAST year, you know, 2008, when Brett Favre was playing for, umm, the New York Jets.
    Missed a season there, Skippy?

  61. Ugh, I have no problem with people being homers and always looking for the worst in their team’s rivals, but the lack of creativity is sickening: Pukers or Fudge Packers, Viqueens, Cowgirls. Is that the best anybody can come up with?

  62. I guess Whisenhunt will have to list himself on the injury report this week. Whisenhunt – questionable – vaginal chaffing.

  63. whisencnt has always been a biotch. sorry, the pack didnt bench starters at the same time the cards did. no matter, this week when we actually blitz we’ll have some sacks along with the picks. i like the cards but their coach is a crybaby. if we get in warners face, cards have no chance.

  64. Allliiieee says:
    As an avid Packer fan, and a GIRL, I would love for the Vikings to get to the super bowl… because we all know they never win them.
    ————————————————
    So an “avid Packer fan” would rather see the Vikings go to the Super Bowl and LOSE than see her own team go????
    Spoken like a “GIRL”, alright.

  65. “I may be wrong, but I am pretty sure the seeding was already decided for these two teams. The only game that had any impact was the Philly/Dallas game, and that was for their division, and the Philly potentially taking the #2 seed.”
    After MIN won their early game, it was set that GB would go back to ARZ in the first round. However, had GB lost, ARZ would be 3rd seed, DAL 4th, PHI 5th, and GB 6th. Same match-ups, but GB could potentially host the championship game if they and PHI both make it there.

  66. If you don’t want the other team to run up the score…play better defense. This is the NFL.
    For all you GreenGay fans out there…yes, Arizona crushed us (I’m a Viking season ticket holder), and yes the Bears and Panthers beat us down too…at least we didn’t lose to Tampa and I’d also point out that we pounded on you guys, not once, but twice…and in the last 40 years, when 2 teams play each other for a 3rd time and 1 has already beat the other twice…the 2-0 team has gone to 3-0 12 out of 19 times (one of the times that didn’t happen was a few years back in GreenGay…HAha).
    The Vikings will FOR SURE be playing in the divisional round…will GreenGay?

  67. I don’t get why Packer fans can even argue. We’ve beat the Fudgeres twice this year? Can some “intelligent” packer fan explain this to me? Please?

  68. I was at the game and there is no way in hell that anywhere close to half the people there were Packers fans. However, given the amount of beer, brats, and cheese being consumed by these fatties, half the body mass in the stands may have been Cheeseheads. I have a tip for all you porkers from WI: push yoursleves away from the table and go to the gym.

  69. pdub1970 says:
    January 6, 2010 1:18 PM
    If you don’t want the other team to run up the score…play better defense. This is the NFL.
    For all you GreenGay fans out there…yes, Arizona crushed us (I’m a Viking season ticket holder), and yes the Bears and Panthers beat us down too…at least we didn’t lose to Tampa and I’d also point out that we pounded on you guys, not once, but twice…and in the last 40 years, when 2 teams play each other for a 3rd time and 1 has already beat the other twice…the 2-0 team has gone to 3-0 12 out of 19 times (one of the times that didn’t happen was a few years back in GreenGay…HAha).
    The Vikings will FOR SURE be playing in the divisional round…will GreenGay

  70. Calm down pack fans, you will have enough to bitch about after the game that counts.
    Cards win. Bank it, and make note I said it.

  71. OmegaXxXNFL says:
    January 6, 2010 12:57 PM
    I agree the Packers look allot better then the Vikings no doubt.
    NFC:
    Dallas
    Packers
    Vikings
    Eagles
    Cardinals
    ======================
    AFC:
    Colts
    Chargers
    Patriots
    Bengals
    Ravens
    Jets…………..
    Where’s Pitt?
    Oh wait, they won Super Bowls and beat the Vikes this year so it doesn’t matter right?
    Past Super Bowls have nothing to do with this year….
    Omega, you are a jerkoff par excellence.
    you have no dog in this fight, so you may as well STFU.
    Who do the Steelers play this week again?

  72. Debate or not!!! Vikes killed Greenbay twice this year. Favre is way better than Erron Aarron Rodgers, stat wise and talent wise.
    Face it Green and Gold, the magic is over. It went across the river. He’s playing for the Vikings.
    I hope we get Packs again in first or third round because it will the the easiest cake walk for us. Headline will read:
    “Brett Favre thre for 425 yards, 5 tds. Vikes buried Packs. 48 – 17. Rodgers suffered neck injury from JA.
    Packbillies (pigbillies I mean) stop talking about your team as if though u have not lost to anyone. Keep in mind, PACKS ARE SECOND TO VIKES.” We owned you. We demolished you in front of national tv twice. How could you not see the game??? Admit it, you losers!!!

  73. so goodell wants teams to play hard, yet the coaches in his league complain when their opponents play hard?

  74. ACDC84 says:
    January 6, 2010 1:15 PM
    “I may be wrong, but I am pretty sure the seeding was already decided for these two teams. The only game that had any impact was the Philly/Dallas game, and that was for their division, and the Philly potentially taking the #2 seed.”
    After MIN won their early game, it was set that GB would go back to ARZ in the first round. However, had GB lost, ARZ would be 3rd seed, DAL 4th, PHI 5th, and GB 6th. Same match-ups, but GB could potentially host the championship game if they and PHI both make it there.
    __________________________________
    ACDC84-
    I stand corrected. Thanks for the breakdown.
    THRoF
    Useless stat of the day: New Orleans is the only NFC playoff team this year to NEVER play in a Super Bowl.

  75. I’m not sure that McCarthy “overgameplanned” for the Cardinals, considering that the Packers pretty much ran the same sets and plays in the week 17 game as in the preseason game. It was a very vanilla game in week 17 from the Packers, both offensively and defensively (very little blitzing on defense, entirely conventional sets, etc.)

  76. “Can some “intelligent” packer fan explain this to me? Please?”
    In the first 8 games (two against Min), the Packers gave up 37 sacks. In the final 8, they gave up 13. In the first 8, Grant averaged 4.2 yards per carry, in the last 8, he averaged 4.8. In other words, their line got much better and the team got better (see Tauscher, Mark).
    GB finished 7-1 in the second half, Min finished 5-3 losing 3 of their last 5.
    The Packers are a better team now than they were in the first half of the season. The playoffs aren’t necessarily about the better team, they’re about who is playing better at the time. Right now, Dallas, Green Bay, and Philly are the hottest NFC teams. It doesn’t mean Green Bay wins against Minnesota, but they certainly have a chance because the NFC is wide open.

  77. If the Cardinals are as thin skinned as their coach this is going to be a rout .. Packers will thump them.

  78. The Packers could only have been hurt only if the Cards had tackled anyone.
    The card players were to busy running away from the Packers to tackle (or block).

  79. The Cardinals players thrive on being disrespected. Last year, idiotic comments like “they’re the worst playoff team ever” motivated them. If coach Whiz is putting it out there that the Packers ran up the score in a meaningless game, he’s doing it to push his team’s hot buttons.

  80. Packer fans. I really,really hope you win. Don’t think you will,but hope you do. Love to see you in the NFCCG.Nothing would be sweeter than stomping your ass a third time on the way to the trophy that is named after a Packer.You know,when the Pack were good.

  81. @nostreves
    Oh, I get it. Pukers=Packers. Very clever. I almost shot my cheese soup out my nose when I read that one. Oh wait, I forgot, us Packer fans can’t read….
    Pukers. That’s great stuff

  82. No reason to get angry with the Packers approach. You just match their respect levely by bringing all out blitzes at Rodgers instructing your players to make dang sure they get a hit on him at any cost. Usually that will shut ‘r’ down.
    But yeah for McCarthy to use his 1st stringers against reserves up 26-0 in an inconsequential game just for stats is a bit over the top.

  83. jamesz23 says: “Wasn’t Brett Favre still throwing and throwing down near the goal line up by 30 this weekend to pad his td stats?”
    Actually no. This wasn’t to pad stats. It was to build on momentum going into the playoffs to end the season with six dominating quarters of football after thier worst 6 quarters prior to that (Game vs. caroilna and 1st half vs. Chicago).

  84. So what?! Stop complaining and play. If you don’t want the score run up, stop the other team. This crap about laying off when a score reaches a certain point – I recall several teams coming from well behind in the 4th quarter in the past.
    The game is 60 minutes long. Play it that way and, if you do not or you can’t, take your beating like a man.

  85. Richm2256 says:
    Allliiieee says:
    As an avid Packer fan, and a GIRL, I would love for the Vikings to get to the super bowl… because we all know they never win them.
    ————————————————
    So an “avid Packer fan” would rather see the Vikings go to the Super Bowl and LOSE than see her own team go????
    Spoken like a “GIRL”, alright.
    ****************************************
    Richm2256 …
    I don’t know what being a GIRL had to do with that goofy statement (or why it needed to be all-capped), but no.
    No no no.

  86. I really like Whis and don’t really care for McCarthy, but in this instance …
    I’m not sure why Whis doesn’t think opposing teams should strategize during the preseason. Um, interesting thought process.
    And if he doesn’t want teams to run up scores on the Cards during the regular season, he might consider putting his starters into the game and having them try to score, too. That’s usually an effective counter-move. It may come as a huge shock to the folks in AZ and Indy, but all 16 regular-season games count. People pay for tickets, the networks show up, and all that good stuff.
    Gee whiz, Whis.

  87. Sit back and watch as McCarthy gets out-coached, yet again.
    This time, he doesn’t have Brett Favre to toss under the bus, either.

  88. LBPACKFAN:
    This is a lame excuse…but those losses came in outdoor games on the road, with less than good weather…I know, I know…………………..I know how that sounds.
    8-0 at home…avg margin of victory on turf: 18 points.
    The Vikings will be in NO (inside) playing the Saints for the NFC championship…put it on the board.

  89. Finally an article about the Packers and there’s outrage that Viking fans dare post on their team’s thread — after we have to read puked up cheese from Pack fans on every Viking article.
    So the Pack is “peaking” now, blah, blah, frigging blah. We had to listen to this crap after the stellar Pack preaseason, after they won a couple games at the start of the year, and once again at year’s end. It’s like taking a crap — you know it’s going to happen over and over, just not exactly sure when.
    Compare similar opponents, compare year-end stats, compare records, hell even compare the weights of our respective head coaches. However, there is only one comparison that really matters, and that’s head-to-head competition. And those were two convincing defeats at home and away. The Vikes will beat the Pack again in the playoffs and the next thing we’ll hear is “the pack made offseason moves and we’ll win next year”. In other words, Viking fans will have to listen to the cheesers take a crap again, and again and again.

  90. Packers are gonna crush the Cardinals.
    Cowboys will waste the Iggles then ensure the Queens are one and done.
    Doesn’t get any better than this!

  91. Hauschild i hope you arent implying that mccarthy was outcoached against the giants, and then blamed favre for the playoff loss in o7, because i don’t remember mccarthy throwing one of the worst ints in league history in overtime of that game

  92. Last time I checked both Packers-Vikings games there was no Chad Clifton or Mark Tauscher at the 2 tackle spots.
    2nd game there was no Jermichael Finley.
    Not saying the Packers would have won either game – but there definitely would have been less sacks allowed that’s for sure.

  93. We will see come Sunday which head coach had the better strategy; McCarthy’s petal to the medal or Wizzy’s rest your better players (but still lose 3 to injury in doing so)
    Based on the Giant’s Superbowl victory of a couple years ago, the evidence suggests it is better to keep playing. If the Colts lose, there will be hell to pay in Indpls for letting up.
    We shall see.

  94. DocBG says:
    January 6, 2010 12:39 PM
    So if fitz runs wild on the “vaunted” packer D, would it be fair to say that the packer defense can’t shut down a vikings ball boy?
    Just saying.
    —————————-
    Post of the day right here. That’s amazing. Let me enlighten you (once again), Doc. Fitzgerald played the whole game last week, trying to get to 100 catches. His numbers? 3 catches, 17 yards, 1 TD.
    However, his best game this season came in week 13… Against your Vikings. 8 catches, 143 yards, 1 TD.
    So I think it’s fair to say that the Vikings can’t come close to shutting down a Vikings ball boy.
    Really, you ought to do a little bit of research prior to shoving your foot down your own throat.

  95. The Cardinals team went to the Super Bowl last year and doesn’t have to worry about gearing up for playoff football. The Packers are a very young team; many of their players have no playoff experience. That’s why McCarthy wanted to keep them in high gear. This week’s game will be much tougher, no question. But I must admit that I’m a little bit surprised at how little respect the Packers are getting. I don’t know how anyone can look at their offense and not be impressed by all the weapons, or by the way their defense is taking the ball away from other teams. No predictions here; any of the NFC teams still standing can look like world-beaters one week and lay a huge egg the next. If you under-estimate anyone, you’re likely to get your head handed to you by them – and that most definitely includes Green Bay, in both directions.

  96. JimmySmith says:
    January 6, 2010 3:11 PM
    We will see come Sunday which head coach had the better strategy; McCarthy’s petal to the medal or Wizzy’s rest your better players (but still lose 3 to injury in doing so)
    Based on the Giant’s Superbowl victory of a couple years ago, the evidence suggests it is better to keep playing. If the Colts lose, there will be hell to pay in Indpls for letting up.
    We shall see.
    ================================
    Petal to the medal? They putting a flower on their siver star?
    Oh, you mean pedal to the metal……..
    You mean the Giants team that rested their starters against the Vikes? That Giants team?
    Jimmy, you are an inconsequential turd, but that post was stupid even for you.
    You can’t even get your analogies straight and you expect people to take your posts seriously?
    Some advice for you main eating utensil, meet bread darkener.

  97. @jeff:
    No offense, but in this thread alone you’ve come up with a couple new words of your own:
    – siver
    – horents
    I usually try to avoid the spelling and grammar crap but when people correct others while misspelling words, I usually point it out.

  98. AJD says:
    January 6, 2010 4:08 PM
    Sounds like Viking fan is scared to death of round three! I love it.
    ————————————————–
    I beat Billy up twice on the playground in 4th grade. Do you think I was scared to fight him again?? LOL I think not. You Packers improved,I will give you that. But we all know that several Packers get a big lump of shit in their pants when Favre faces them. They choke. Don’t tackle well,can’t block as well,can’t cover as well,catch as well or run. You all know who they are. They are the scared choir boys.Favre is the priest that does bad things to them!

  99. # purplepuzzyeatrz says: January 6, 2010 11:31 AM
    AZ, wins this one my a mile…..Packers are the same lame team they have been all year….Wait until the Cards destroy them…..I cant seem to think it will finally shut up the Fudge Packer fans that seem to think their team is even remotely on the same level as the MN Vikings…………….
    AZ, will actually try this time……..
    SKOL
    Hahaha – what are you, some scared little chicken-shit? I can’t wait until Favre ruins the Vikings season with yet another glorious pick with a minute to go. We don’t care if you beat us again – the Vikings losing is what this season is all about – hopefully in the Super Bowl. Afterwards, Ted Thompson can shove his foot up Favre’s stupid ass. Fu*k you.

  100. Pervy_Harvin says:
    January 6, 2010 5:56 PM
    I beat Billy up twice on the playground in 4th grade. Do you think I was scared to fight him again?? LOL I think not. You Packers improved,I will give you that. But we all know that several Packers get a big lump of shit in their pants when Favre faces them. They choke. Don’t tackle well,can’t block as well,can’t cover as well,catch as well or run. You all know who they are. They are the scared choir boys.Favre is the priest that does bad things to them!
    —————————
    Two questions..
    First, I don’t know. Who are they? Which guys “get a big lump of shit in their pants” when they play Favre? And what rock-solid evidence of this do you have? I’m dying to know.
    Secondly, do you really think it casts Favre in a good light to portray him as a child-molesting priest? I’m no Favre fan, but even I wouldn’t suggest he molests children–literally or figuratively.
    And you’re lucky you’re hiding behind the anonymity of the internet. Majik would hunt you down and kill you for talking that way about his boyfriend.

  101. Pervy…Come on dude…predict me a score for Sunday…PLEASE!!! and also provide some evidence of the Green Bay Players that choke when Favre plays as Adam has requested

  102. Majik is a few unfilled prescriptions away from being a full blown schitzo and going all out Mark David Chapman on anyone that questions his Lord and Savior… Brett Favre. The time to worry is when he starts quoting Catcher in the Rye. Delusional as he sits now.

  103. As far as the Favre and priest thing,lighten up. Just comedy.
    Do you really want me to call out names? Lets just say the O line sucks vs the Vikings. Special teams gets punked by Harvin.Jolly loses his head and thinks he’s in MMA butting people. Williams and Bigby get burned by Favre often and fear tackling AD(Bigby for sure) First game Rodgers caused his own sacks by trying to be Favre and make plays that were not there,held ball too long. Cosby always has shitty drawers. Need I pile on? It’s the Favre Factor,you can’t beat him.
    Suckers- Cards 27 Packers 21

  104. As far as the Favre and priest thing,lighten up. Just comedy.
    Do you really want me to call out names? Lets just say the O line sucks vs the Vikings. Special teams gets punked by Harvin.Jolly loses his head and thinks he’s in MMA butting people. Williams and Bigby get burned by Favre often and fear tackling AD(Bigby for sure) First game Rodgers caused his own sacks by trying to be Favre and make plays that were not there,held ball too long. Cosby always has shitty drawers. Need I pile on? It’s the Favre Factor,you can’t beat him.
    Suckers- Cards 27 Packers 21

  105. Super
    Wow, nothing like a little rant out of the blue. Who is the crazy one? Do I haunt you that much that you have to randomly bring me up? Get a life man, this is sad.

  106. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says:
    January 6, 2010 4:14 PM
    @jeff:
    No offense, but in this thread alone you’ve come up with a couple new words of your own:
    – siver
    – horents
    I usually try to avoid the spelling and grammar crap but when people correct others while misspelling words, I usually point it out.
    ==============================
    Adam: i hate that when that happens, I just called Super out on it and did the same thing!
    No proofreading here!

  107. “# DoWorkSon says: January 6, 2010 1:24 PM
    I don’t get why Packer fans can even argue. We’ve beat the Fudgeres twice this year? Can some “intelligent” packer fan explain this to me? Please?”
    ___________________________________
    Funny thing is when the Packers swept the Vikes two years in a row 2006-2007 all these silly ass viking fans where boasting about how the Packers are soooo over-rated this and that, same shit, it all comes around so get over heidi-sticks. You lose in less then two weeks and I will be here to comfort you silly asses!

  108. OmegaXxXNFL- You are the front runner for MVP(Most Valuable Punk) on PFT.Congrats! Savor the nomination! Comfort us when we win? You couldn’t comfort a crying fat lady with a box of Twinkies in hand…you douche,are worthless! LOL

  109. Pervy_Harvin says:
    January 6, 2010 7:51 PM
    As far as the Favre and priest thing,lighten up. Just comedy.
    Do you really want me to call out names? Lets just say the O line sucks vs the Vikings. Special teams gets punked by Harvin.Jolly loses his head and thinks he’s in MMA butting people. Williams and Bigby get burned by Favre often and fear tackling AD(Bigby for sure) First game Rodgers caused his own sacks by trying to be Favre and make plays that were not there,held ball too long. Cosby always has shitty drawers. Need I pile on? It’s the Favre Factor,you can’t beat him.
    —————————–
    This is just funny. Name a bunch of things that happened in one game and try to make them out to be a trend?
    In that case, I hope Peterson hands off to Matthews for a few more defensive TDs… IF they even match up again. I’m not the green and gold glasses guy some of you think. There’s at least two other games that have to fall in place prior to Favre Bowl III. Packers/Philly need to win this weekend, or the Packers need to win twice and the Vikings need to win once.
    I think the Packers will win this weekend, but the Cards are certainly a talented team and they may be playing angry. Anything could happen.

  110. Omega
    Are you really that bored now that your Steelers are missing the playoffs that you have to troll Viking and Packer threads to spew your hateful ignorance? I mean, I understand Viking and Packer fans on these threads mixing it up and talking trash, but why are you on here? What do you care about 2 teams from not only a different division, but a different conference who play each other once every 4 years?
    Why don’t you go troll your own threads about the firings of the offensive coaching staff, while it’s painfully obvious that the defense was the problem this year, that and Head and Shoulders Troy’s case of acute vaginitis that kept him out of 11 games.

  111. Pervy_Harvin says:
    January 6, 2010 7:51 PM
    As far as the Favre and priest thing,lighten up. Just comedy.
    Do you really want me to call out names? Lets just say the O line sucks vs the Vikings. Special teams gets punked by Harvin.Jolly loses his head and thinks he’s in MMA butting people. Williams and Bigby get burned by Favre often and fear tackling AD(Bigby for sure) First game Rodgers caused his own sacks by trying to be Favre and make plays that were not there,held ball too long. Cosby always has shitty drawers. Need I pile on? It’s the Favre Factor,you can’t beat him.
    Suckers- Cards 27 Packers 21

    Name your price. I am in….up to 1k

  112. Whenever I’m eating a cheeseburger. I often toss the last bite over my shoulder for the dogs. I can always go get another one. But they always have to wait until I’m done with it first.
    Enjoy our scraps and leftovers MN!

  113. Whisenhunt chose how he wanted to approach the game and coached his team accordingly. McCarthy chose how HE wanted to approach the game and coached HIS team accordingly. Whether McCarthy was doing it to pad his QBs stats, for momentum, to create doubt, or for whatever, it’s his team and Whisenhunt should stick to coaching his own.

  114. Adam
    “who said it’ll be a blowout?”
    Your Packer fan friends all over this thread and several others. Do you only read what Viking fans post?
    ===============================
    JerkStore –
    The article was referring to Rodgers passing Favre on the list not coming in second place.
    ===============================
    Super –
    I see you’ve joined the ranks of making predictions. Isn’t this the same sort of thing that Packer fans get annoyed at Viking fans for doing?
    By the way, the Vikings weren’t padding Favre’s stats, they were padding Tahi’s! (1st NFL TD)

  115. Oh boy Percey you’re such a valuable asset here, LOL. Again the Pot calling the Kettle black…

  116. OmegaXxXNFL says:
    January 7, 2010 7:09 AM
    Oh boy Percey you’re such a valuable asset here, LOL. Again the Pot calling the Kettle black…
    ————————————————–
    Omega-Don’t be so sensitive in the morning! Come on guys, bring it in! Group hug. You to Adam and Super. Majik. There now..thats the good stuff. Don’t you feel better now?

  117. # H4X0R says: January 7, 2010 3:13 AM
    Whenever I’m eating a cheeseburger. I often toss the last bite over my shoulder for the dogs. I can always go get another one. But they always have to wait until I’m done with it first.
    Enjoy our scraps and leftovers MN!
    ______________________
    But doesn’t it suck when, after you kick that dog enough times, he turns around, bites you in the ass, and goes to live with the neighbors? And even though you got a new dog, the old one comes around just often enough to show you how much better he is than that fancy new young pup.
    And on that note, I am out. Enjoy the cold and snow. I’ll be sitting on the beach, drinking a Red Stripe for the next 9 days. And Packer fans, please promise not to slit your wrists if the Packers lose on Sunday. I hear the suicide hotline has triple staff on call to help deal with the call load. And all Wisco liquor stores doubled their on hand supply of Pabst for those who choose to drown their sorrows.
    Seriously, though, have a good next week, and enjoy the Wild Card weekend folks. Good luck to all teams and here’s hoping for 4 great, injury free games.

  118. Super- You talk like a tough guy. Calling me a whigger?? I just don’t want to take your meager dinero. God knows that over seeing the production of $5.01 French Dip & Swiss Sub Combos all day doesn’t allow much gambling space!

  119. Pervy,
    Just because I work at Arby’s doesn’t mean I don’t have the fundage to back up any bet. I said up to 1k. Put up or shut up son. You talk talk talk talk talk and frankly its always a bunch of nonsense. if you disagree then lets wager. If you choose not to wager i will consider it your concession that you are a trash talking fool. One that is wrong 85 percent of the time.

  120. Suckers,
    I don’t look down on anyone who WORKS,only people who don’t. My wife happens to be a General Manager of a Taco Bell and she does very well. To wager on a anonymous sports site is plain idiotic, I am embarrassed for you! I talk nonsense? Take inventory on yourself their partner. The whole we know nothing routine is insane. Want to trade coupons?I do like Arbys. Float you some Bells LOL

  121. No I dont want any cooopins. I want a wager. Now. I will drive my ass up to the cities and watch the game with you wherever you want with cash in hand. name your price man….

  122. Favre was pulled approximately midway through the third quarter in a game that mattered with Dallas favored to give us a bye that afternoon for rest anyways.
    You can’t compare Vikes “padding stats” to what the Packers did up 26-0 in Arizona in a meaningless game while their opponent rested starters. But nobody on Green Bay got injured so for that reason it ended up being a fine choice for them. But Rodgers so much as breaks a nail in that game and you would be seeing how foolish of a move it was.
    Personally I think Rodgers will melt on the road under playoff pressure while Warner will play amazing in the playoffs like he almost always has done. The Whiz will outcoach McCarthy no doubt about it so it really comes down to how the players execute.
    But I do admit that those Cards injuries could loom large in this one. Very large. In any case the sooner the Packers are irrelevant and their fans are in 100% cheer against the Vikes mode the better.

  123. @Majik:
    Take care. Have a nice time down there. And when they say, “How you feelin?” Remember to say, “Irie!”
    Which probably means something like “I’m a stupid American.” That’s got to be why they have us say it.

  124. Pervy_Harvin says:
    January 7, 2010 11:36 AM
    Will you bring me some coupons?
    —-
    Yes..many. Whats your wager amount???

  125. Adam, I did some research….:O! I know!
    Irie is a Jamaican noun meaning good, excellent, great and good quality.

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